CHICAGO
04/01/2011 05:33 pm ET Updated Jun 01, 2011

46th Ward Runoff: Aldermanic Candidate Molly Phelan Accused Of 'Veiled Homophobia' Against James Cappleman

Story by Joseph Erbentraut, courtesy of the Windy City Times

With only a handful of days to go before voters in Chicago's 46th Ward head back to the polls April 5 to select their candidate of choice in the aldermanic runoff battle between social worker James Cappleman and attorney Molly Phelan, messaging in the race has taken a turn for the negative.

Some community members have stepped forward and accused Phelan of employing homophobic undertones against her opponent, who is openly gay, in several campaign flyers distributed throughout the ward last week. At least one of the flyers criticized Cappleman's plan to address crime in the ward as consisting of "anger management classes and flowers," in addition to "planters, public art, decorative pedestrian lightposts and streetscaping." Phelan has repeated similar statements in several debates and in interviews with other media outlets in recent weeks.

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